January 2020 Hot Flashes

Seasonal Affective Disorder

Vitamin D is known as the "sunshine" vitamin. It is an essential fat-soluble nutrient that helps keep bones healthy and strong, helps cell growth, and benefits immune function. Studies have shown a link between vitamin D deficiency and depression. Researchers have noticed that study participants with depression also had low vitamin D levels. The same analysis also found that, statistically, people with low vitamin D were at a much greater risk of depression.

Your body absorbs vitamin D primarily through sun exposure, although dietary supplements and certain foods are also sources of the nutrient. During these winter months when the days are shorter many people suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), which falls under the diagnosis of depression. Symptoms are not the same for everyone and can include the following:

  • Sad, anxious or "empty" feelings
  • Feelings of hopelessness and/or pessimism
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness or helplessness
  • Irritability, restlessness
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in activities you used to enjoy
  • Fatigue and decreased energy
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering details and making decisions
  • Difficulty sleeping or oversleeping
  • Changes in weight
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

SAD may be effectively treated with light therapy. But nearly half of people with SAD do not respond to light therapy alone. Antidepressant medicines and talk therapy can reduce SAD symptoms, either alone or combined with light therapy. Talk to your doctor if you think you might be battling SAD and get treatment.

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